Modern country: five unmissable buys

Top picks for creating a contemporary country room scheme

If country style conjures up images of home-spun checks and chunky rustic accessories, then it’s time to think again. As our must-have buys show, the latest trend is for a more pared-back look featuring delicate textures, smooth timbers and a neutral palette.

1. WOVEN BLANKETS

These textured weaves by family-run firm Mourne Textiles are ideal for adding layers of comfort and interest to simple interiors. The beautifully soft designs are created using wild spun yarn from Donegal, which gives a gentle dappled appearance for a touch of understated charm.

2. PITCHER AND BOWL

Form and function unite seamlessly in this hand-thrown pitcher and bowl by potter Billy Lloyd for The New Craftsmen. A supremely elegant take on the Victorian original, minimalist curves and simple purity are bound to make this set a design classic.

3. BOWMORE LOG SIDE TABLE AND LATH CHAIR

The current trend for a cleaner, more streamlined country style still takes nature as its starting point. Wood furniture remains central to the look, but it is now assuming a more refined rusticity as shown by the Bowmore log side table from John Lewis, which is cut from the cross-section of a tree trunk, and the Lath chair by Sebastian Cox for Benchmark, which combines the ancient skill of cleaving with contemporary furniture-making techniques.

4. VITA, SIGMA AND KSI PENDANT LIGHTS

Casually combined for an effortless look, these glossy ceramic pendant lights by Meli-Melo at The Conran Shop are ideal for adding a focal point to kitchens and hallways. Hand-made in Greece with names taken from the Greek alphabet, they come with a two-metre long red or black cable.

5. HOUSE SET

Inspired by Hebridean huts, these raku-fired pieces by Rowena Brown have an undeniable charm. All different from one another, they can be displayed individually or arranged as a little community, their muted tones and characterful appearance bringing personality to pared-back schemes.

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